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two times stronger. get dual action listerine® whitening® rinse. building whiter, stronger teeth. tracking earl. the one-time hurricane leaves parts of the northeast powerless and under water. the danger now, beach erosion and rip currents. a strong earthquake levels parts of new zealand. threes a good side to the story, even miraculous you might say. new jobs numbers. why some say there is a silver lining, but when will companies really start to hire? if you've seen and heard enough about the white house party crasher, just wait. she's planning to bare it all in playboy. good morning. i'm alex witt. welcome to msnbc saturday. to the relief of many, tropical storm earl has moved away from the massachusetts coast this morning. earl unleashed rain and wind
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last night on cape cod, nantucket and martha's vineyard. not as intense as many anticipated. right now that storm is ability 160 miles east of nantucket moving north toward the coast of nova scotia in canada. kevin tibbles is live in rock port, massachusetts, where last hour we were seeing maybe little rain and wind when i talked to you. what's the scene like now kevin? >> alex, the sun is out here in rock port. it's going to be a lovely day. as a matter of fact, all the activities for labor day that were canceled here have all been put back on because earl really didn't live up to his reputation. not only crossing further out to sea than here in cape ann, but actually not, not dropping as much rain as people expected or at least they had been prepared to expect when this storm went through. so it's going to be a lovely day here. a lot of the boats have been taken out of the harbor. but i'm assuming that they're going to started going back in
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today because it's supposed to be a lovely day here. the only thing i really have to add to all this, because i don't have a lot to talk about in terms of damage or anything like that, is that yes, you're absolutely right, this storm is heading towards nova scotia. i'm going to be calling my son after this because he happens to go to school in halifax nova scotia. i'll have to talk to him to find out what's going on. i understand the weather service in canada is asking people to check the weather before they head out of doors. >> that's one way to get the news for us. you call your son and let us know what he's experiencing. >> he's a college kid, alex, i don't want to wake him up. >> don't call quite yet. we'll have to do it later in the morning. kevin tibbles, thank you for your live report. for the latest on where the tropical storm is headed, which might be right to his son, we'll go to nbc meteorologist bill karins. good morning. >> good saturday morning to you,
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alex. earl just brushed nantucket last night passing safely about 100 miles off the coast. that meant just only winds around 40 to 50 miles per hour, very minor damage, if any, in new england overnight last night. the storm is ability to make its landfall. it's now coming on shore in nova scotia. halifax will probably see strong winds and a little storm surge just because of the angle of the coastline. in maine, winds gusting only to 20 to 30 miles per hour. it's just going to get wet for the next four or five hours. then the storm will be completely gone. let me show you a couple different views of the storm. you can still see what appears to be an eye, the very circle in the middle. not quite an eye. that's definitely the center of the storm. also look at the back edge through new england. 2s going to be a sunny beautiful day even in areas like boston where the clouds will only last another couple hours because the storm is going to cruise into the canadian maritimes today. the tropical storm force gusts are moving into canada, moving off and away from the islands
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out there on the kaechlt here is a look at the forecast path. this storm, i'd say racing, it's going to be moving at 40 to 50 miles per hour later today. by 2:00 p.m. it should be well north of halifax. then as we go through out tonight into about 2:00 a.m. or so, it's going to clear through the canadian maritimes and significantly weaken to a remnant low. a couple tropical storm warnings from bar harbor, maine, to east port. that's one sliver down east maine, occasional strong gusts. the legacy today and the danger will be at the beaches. it was such a huge storm the ocean is still churned off. 15-foot waves off cape cod, from the long island coast, jersey shore and down around maryland, the lifeguards will probably be trying to get people out of the water or maybe wading to their knees, alex. the weather this weekend looks fantastic. we're just about done with tropical storm earl. >> that is very good news. thanks, bill karins. earl still causing problems on new york area beaches in
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terms of those rip currents and there looks like powerful surf right there. we've got a live report coming up later on this hour. cleanup begins this morning after a massive 7.0 magnitude quake rocked the second largest city in new zealand. let's take a look at the dramatic pictures of the destruction. this powerful tremor jolted residents awake leaving destruction everywhere. the quake hit 19 miles west of christ church, that's a southern city with a population of about 400,000. >> it was actually going to fall over sideways and it was shaking back and forth as if it had been hit by something. >> quite unnerving right. veronica della cruz joins us with the late eftd details. >> pretty scary for the residents tossed out of bed this morning. that quake shook just before dawn. people spilled out on the streets around 4:30, 5:00 a.m. local time. it collapsed buildings and ripped up roads.
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two people were hospitalized for serious injuries. new zealand's prime minister says it's a miracle no one lost their life. there's a state of emergency declared. early estimates stand at $1.4. the mayor of christchurch says it could be months before the full toll of the disaster is known. >> in some ways we've been extraordinarily lucky when it's come to the citizens here. but in terms of the scale of the damage, i think it's absolutely immense. we're really just beginning to come to terms with the scale of what we've got in front of us at the moment. >> the quake caused major damage to the city's infrastructure. bridges have collapsed and busted sewage and water systems flooded the streets. officials are warning of falling debris from crumbling buildings as aftershocks continue to rumble through the region. so far, alex, at least 29 aftershocks have been reported, the largest measuring 5.4. police are saying instances of looting have been contained and
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there is an over newt curfew in effect. the focus of city officials is assessing the damage and planning on how to get the city back on its feet. alex? >> only two serious injuries. wow, that is a miracle. veronica. thanks so much. right now the damaged blowout preventer at the well that spent millions of glance of crude spilling into the gulf is slowly being brought to the surface. bp replaced the damaged preventer with a new device and no oil or gas was seen leaking during the whole procedure. the process to lift the old cap to the surface could take 24-36 hours. a welcome change of pace for the uchltd s. stock market. wall street closed out its first winning week in a month. the dow jumped 128 points yesterday continuing a sharp turn-around from last month's ugly performance. investors have been encouraged by yesterday's jobs report. the overall unemployment grew to $9.6%. august saw the addition of
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67,000 private jobs. that number was better than expected. president obama calling for a united front this morning as he prepares to unveil new efforts aimed at the economic recovery. the president is pressing congress to act on a plan for small businesses suggesting partisan politics will only hold the nation back. >> we didn't become the most prosperous country in the world by rewarding greed and recklessness. we did it by rewarding hard work and responsibility, by recognizing we rise and fall together as one nation, one people, all of us vested in one another. >> nbc's mike viqueira is at the white house. good saturday morning. >> we have thement's comments on the heels of the latest jobs report which shows the economy is basically treading water here. >> reporter: that's a great way to put it. you know what's interesting about the markets and the economy. you see the number that came out. the unemployment rate ticked up from 9.5 to 9.6% for august. that's bad news no matter how you slice it.
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but the expectationless of the market were that the news was going to be even worse. so as you reported, the market finishes on an up note, the first up week in however long it was, months. the numbers were because the private hiring in the economy actually increased by 67,000. that's the news that the white house chose to emphasize, alex. the bad news is that the economy is not growing anywhere near fast enough as it needs to to bring down the unemployment rate. that's not only bad news for the millions of people out of work and still looking for work -- and there are incidentally more people now re-entering the workforce and that's part of what's driving up the number, but it's also bad news for democrats now. it's baked in, this perception they'll be losing significant seats in the house in just two months, significant seats in the senate, probably losing the house by the estimation of many experts this week in washington. now republicans have a chance also to take the senate by those same estimates. most of that boils down to the
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economy. that is the number one issue in our polling, the nbc "wall street journal" polling as well as other polling here in washington. so a great deal of concern. the president hears that. he's going to turn his attention from iraq and the middle east, that dominated the agenda here at the white house this week. he's going to be traveling to milwaukee on monday for a labor day speech before an afl-cio meeting. wednesday it's a major speech in cleveland on the economy. and then friday he returns here to washington where he will hold a press conference, time tba, but the economy is expected to dominant the agenda when he takes questions from reporters. >> well, people want to get solutions. we'll listen to the president talk about it all week. mike, we'll listen to you later this morning. thanks. so this week's push for middle east peace is the one-year deadline for a deal too ambitious? we'll take a look at that. feeding frenzy. lifeguards on alert after a massive school of sharks is spotted. we'll tell you where that is.
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secretary of state hillary clinton is warning that now, quote, might be the last chance for a very long time for peace to be reached between israel and palestinians. prime minister benjamin netanyahu and mahmood abbas officially began negotiations on thursday. michael sing, the former senior director of middle east affairs from in the bush white house
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joins us. good morning. >> good morning, alex. >> leaders say they believe they can reach a peaceful resolution in a year's time. this has been going on longer than that. is a one-year time frame realistic? >> besides the cubs winning the world series, there's few things people are more pessimistic about than middle east peace. it absolute the political interest of all three men, president obama, netanyahu and abbas. they all want to show they're committed to this. they're going to allow this to dribble out. i don't think the one-year deadline is frankly that important. if progress is being made, that's the key thing. if progress is being made in one year, no one will worry about the expiration of a deadline. if progress isn't made in three months, then the one-year deadline might as well be ten years away. i'm curious what's changed between the last round of talk and two years ago. this is the first time they've
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spoken directly in two years. >> the last round of talks there was a different israeli prime minister, olmert. benjamin netanyahu is probably the most right wing prime minister israel has had in a long time. it's significant you have the most right wing prime minister of israel committed to a two-state solution, committed to negotiations with the palestinians. it may be that he's in a stronger position because of his security credentials and because of his right wing credentials to deliver on these negotiations. olmert was hampered by his political scandals at home. >> what are the concessions you see need to be made on each side for the creation of a palestinian state? >> it's hard to see exactly what the concessions will be. i think netanyahu is right in his statement when he said there will be painful concessions on both sides. it's going to take some basic
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recognitions on both sides by israel that most of the west bank will go to the palestinians, by the palestinians that frankly most of the refugees now living in third countries are not going to return to their former homes in israel proper, but will have to go back to the west bank and gaza. there will be other concessions. the fact is there are many win-win issues as well such as security. i think security is something that both sides want. both sides now look to terrorist groups, iran and other outside threats as the most challenging. so there are some areas where it's not a matter of concessions, but a matter of working out mutual arrangements that work for both sides. >> well, a group that is not at this negotiating table is hamas. you know they have said they are determined to derail any talks of peace. what do you think would have to happen from hamas? how serious of an incident would have to take place to derail these talks? >> well, it's hard to know. hamas certainly has tried an
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succeeded in the past to derail peace talks. i think the first -- that both leaders passed the first test, however, with the brutal killing that happened in the west bank. >> the pregnant woman. my goodness. >> that's right. it was terrible. it was clearly cynically designed to try to derail the peace talks. both leaders said they wouldn't allow that to succeed. it's important that they pass that test, but there will be continued attempts by hamas and other groups, frankly, to derail the peace talks and we'll just have to see. it's not unlikely that some incident or another will cause a crisis in the talks. that will be a test for united states to try to steer them through those crises. >> of course, we have the situation with israel certainly focusing on what's happening now, but they always have their eyes tuned toward iran and the development of its nuclear energy program, and that would show concern that it's going towards weapons creation
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programs. how much does that factor into the talks? >> in a very big way. first of all, it means israel is probably more focused on iran than the peace talks. that means the united states really needs to make sure we're taking care of the iran issue so israel feels comfortable devoting energies to the peace talks. it's also a positive thing for the peace talks in that israel and the arab states now have a convergence of concern, as it were, about iran. there's a real impetus that wasn't there maybe 20 years ago to get this agreement done so that everyone can present a united front against iran which right now frankly they can't do. >> michael sing, good to talk with you. thanks so much. >> thank you very much. new research shows 20-something women in the workplace may be bringing home more bacon than anyone imaged. we'll have that story when msnbc saturday returns. mers digest be. they like that chevy backs the quality
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frescoes of the sistine chapel in danger. a recent cleaning found unimaginable dusts on the paint innings. experts say it could damage the paintings. as many as 20,000 people visit every day. experts say each visitor adds to the microscopic debris that floelths right up to cover that ceiling. an internet sensation is reprising his double rainbow outburst for a new tv commercial. >> oh, my god, it's full on, double rainbow all the way across the sky. >> and that is paul vasquez in the video that made him famous, a tearful tribute to the double rainbow he saw in his front yard. the video has more than 13 million hits on youtube, inspired countless parodies and windows is getting in on the actions. they've hired vasquez. he guarantee it is software will
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make double rainbow photos come out all the way they're supposed to, full on and all the way. george clooney is back at the box office looking the make a killing in "the american." >> if i asked you to come over here with me, would you? >> come over with you? >> why not? >> together? >> together. >> forever? >> forever. >> of course she said yes, who wouldn't? so far "the american" is number one in the early estimates, followed by "machete" and "takers" rounds out the top three. what is number one out there? >> "the american." i think you and i were
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transfixed. i don't think the audience could see. you and i were staring at his face. >> it's true. >> i think that's why it's number one. i think women are going to see him. he plays an assassin in the italian countryside. really what could be better. he's at number one right now. gorgeous scenery any way you look at it. >> critics are iffy and i don't think it matters. >> i was with a group of women last night and they were saying, i want to go see the "the american." >> here is a clip from "machete." >> he offered me $150,000 to kill a senator. >> look at me. i can get you papers.in. >> i'm going to find the guy that did this and bring him to you. >> what's this one about? >> this is a '70s action type of film, an exploitation film, really about blood and guts and lots of violence.
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it's directed by robert rodriguez who has done "grind house" and "sin city." the draw is the cast, robert de niro, jessica alba, don johnson and lindsay lohan dressed as a nun. i think if people are really curious about robert rodriguez and the genre of film he produces, this is definitely a draw. i don't know if it's for everybody. i do think it's a built-in audience. not surprised it comes in second. >> hch going the distance" withdrew barrymore and justin long is number five right now. what's going on there? >> i think people have seen this movie before. drew barrymore, this is her genre. the thing about drew i really like is she produces these films. she has a company called flower films and they have had $870 million in box office revenues, she's produced "charlie's angels," "he's not that into
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you." i think the fact she produces it makes up for the film in the back end. people like seeing these two people on camera. there could be a resurgence come monday. labor day weekend also is a slow weekend to begin with because i think everybody is at the beach because they know school is starting. >> amy palmer, more later, thank you. first she was accused of crashing a white house party with her husband, now crashing the pages of "playboy." michela salahi will appear nude later this month. she's currently part of the cast of "dc housewives." throughout the day. so it's nice that clorox disinfecting products help kill the germs that can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours. ♪ feels sweet when i can touch you ♪
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marie's new steamed meals. no oil has flowed into the gulf for weeks, but it's just the beginning of our work. i'm iris cross. bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. my job is to listen to the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel and restaurant workers and find ways to help. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. bp is gonna be here until the oil is gone and the people and businesses are back to normal... until we make this right. new zealand's prime minister says it's an absolute miracle no one was killed in a powerful earthquake.
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the magnitude 7.0 quake hit yesterday. it could cost at least $1.4 billion to prepare. a small plane in portland, oregon crashes nose first into a house. incredibly the 70-year-old pilot walked away on his ohm. there was also a woman in the house who also escaped without serious injury. in australia lifeguards are on watch to watch out for a massive school of sharks. they were spotted by helicopter yesterday. some are 14 feet long. feeding on a large school of bait fish and tuna. tropical storm earl moved on from massachusetts but not before pelting the coast with rain or wind. this morning there are a power outages and downed power lines. there's also isolated flooding in low-lying areas. earl has set its sights on canada. the storm is 145 miles northwest of halifax nova scotia. michelle franzen is live in chatham, massachusetts on the
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cape. i know it wasn't as intense as expected, but it made a rough night last night, didn't it? >> it did. certainly between the hours of, say, 9:00 and 2:00 a.m., it was really rocking and rolling here on the cape as well as nan tublth, but not as bad as you mentioned, not as bad as what they expected here. earl was barreling up the coast as a category 4 at one point, but certainly as a category 1 didn't do as much damage here. by the looks of the area here, you wouldn't even know a hurricane and tropical storm conditions had passed through. just a gorgeous day here on the cape. as you mentioned last night, certainly a lot of wind and rain, no more than a few hundred power outages being reported and certainly the trees and power lines are not as damaged as what they had expected. earl certainly still delivering quite a dose here. but still not a match for one bride and groom who decided to keep their wedding day. >> we decided to go ahead with it because everybody came from
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england and out of town and it's a great place to have a wedding. they assured us it was hurricane-proof. so here we are. >> and certainly also the emergency crews were also in place with utility vehicles as well as shelters that had been activated. they were ready to receive as many as 10,000 people. alex, we learned this morning that fewer than 100 had opted to go to those shelters overnight. >> okay. it is certainly pretty. we'll see if the weather holds. we'll check in with you again, michelle. we'll continue to watch the latest impact of tropical storm earl and bring you live reports at the top of the hour. a new report taking aim as a private security firm with accusations it may have misled the government to secure millions in contracts. the firm known as blackwater worldwide set up dozens of shell companies to win classified contracts in iraq. reports suggest it was an effort to keep the money rolling in
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even after the company faced intense criticism for heavy-handed tactics. a senator has called on the justice department to investigate. a statement from a taliban leader in pakistan warning the terror group is planning attacks in the u.s. and europe. a senior commander tells the associated press he's proud the u.s. added his organization to the international terrorism black list. he said americans should expect a fresh wave of attacks that would resemble the attempted times square bombing earlier this year. how credible is the threat? joining me is evan coleman, nbc terrorism analyst. good morning. what do you make of this? >> the taliban are famous for propaganda, for making crazy statements and not necessarily backing all those statements up with action. if we look at what they have done just in the last couple years, there are worrying indications. even if you set aside the times square, attempted bombing in times square by faisal shahzad,
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you also have plans to carry out attacks in spain. there is a track record. the question is, can they identify people who are here, the next faisal shahzad, the next that will be recruited into the network. even if they can find the person, can they train them properly. if you look at what happened in times square, that's the real issue. you have someone who was very dedicated, maybe even willing to kill himself. the bomb he built was ridiculously simple. it didn't work. these are the questions that come up. >> how indock rin asian occurring? >> what we're hearing is they're trying to use on going controversies in american media to recruit american muslims to join in this campaign. >> like the world trade center site? >> exactly, exactly. the ground zero mosque, the cordova house controversy. if you look at shahzad said in
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his video recording, his concerns reflect a lot of those controversies taking place in the media. so the worry is that there aren't a lot of people that want to join this movement, not a lot of americans willing to blow themselves up. but if you have this kind of demonization of islam on television, if you have this dialectic between muslims and non-muslims, the idea that you might be able to recruit somebody. >> is that how it would have to happen, a recruitment of american on domestic soil or might others come in from overseas? >> it's possible. when it comes to pakistani taliban, it's not the most sophisticated terrorist organization. once you go outside of pakistani territory, they don't have that kind of reach. so the answer is that they really do need to find someone who already knows this side of things, who already can slip inside the united states without relying on a big superstructure of support. it's just not going to happen
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that way. >> do you think, were the peace talks under way in washington between the israeli and palestinians to see significant momentum and ultimately result in the creation of a palestinian state, would that produce any ef fact on the terrorism? >> there's no doubt the israeli-palestinian issue is used to inflame feelings of hate red and resentment across the larger muslim world. the problem is that that alone is not the only issue. and just like cordoba house, if it goes away tomorrow, that's not the end of terrorist rekrultment. i think the same goes for the israeli-palestinian conflict. is it an irritant? sure. is it used to whip up resentment, anger and fear? definitely. there are other issues they can point to. the drone strikes taking place in pakistan, there will always be something fees folks can point to. it just happens that the israeli-palestinian conflict is a particularly amenable issue for this kind of thing. it tends to whip people up into a frenzy.
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it's useful, but it's not the end-all, be-all of the problem. >> evan coleman, thank you so much. anti-war protesters hurled shoes and eggs atone any blair as he arrived in ireland. scores chanted that he had blood on his hand as he arrived at a dublin bookstore. he was not hit by any objects. less than two years after barack obama trumpeted change in the president election, a majority of americans are ready for another change. a new poll found 75% of citizens say congress would be better off if most of its members were replaced in the november midterms. here with me now, nbc news wall street journal pollster peter hart. good to see you. >> thanks, alex. >> what's number one factor you look at in terms of judging the political mood of america? >> without a doubt, it's whether the country is headed in the right direction or seriously off on the wrong track.
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when you look at our latest poll, it's about two-thirds of americans say things are seriously off on the wrong track. people are worried, scared. they're scared about their jobs. they're unhappy with washington. the mood the gallup poll is exactly what we've been measuring. >> is there enough time between now and the midterms, two months, to change things, turn things around? >> to be perfectly honest, i think we already know what the dynamic is. it's like the metaphor for the weekend. it's like a hurricane. the only thing we don't know is whether it's going to be a category 1, 3 or 5. it's going to have a direct hit on washington, and for the moment, i think the democrats are hoping it's like earl, that it goes out to sea. i think the republicans are hoping it slams into the washington capital hard. >> interesting analogy right there. makes sense. let's take a listen to president obama this past week in his second oval office address talking about war veterans coming home and america's future. >> it's our responsibility to
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honor them by coming together, all of us, and working to secure the dream that so many generations have fought for. the dream that a better life awaits anyone who is willing to work for it and reach for it. this will be difficult. but in the days to come, it must be our central mission as a people. and my central responsibility as president. >> we listen to barack obama, we had president clinton with the speech "i feel your pain." president reagan frequently speaking from the oval office on substantive issues. how does a president affect the mood, the feeling of america? >> i think as much as anything he understands and he has to feel it in his poers, i think it hells him. for the democrats it's a major plus. they're going to need a strong turnout. what we learned this year is republicans are energized, democrats aren't.
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if democrats don't get energized the republicans will win a lot of seats. the president is going to be key in terms of that. part of it is the ability to say here is where we are, here is the place that we're going to get to. there's a sense of hope and optimism that he has to provide. >> do you think this president needs something akin to president reagan's "shining city on the hill" speech? >> i don't think at this stage of the game. i think we have to go through this election and then the ability to sort of reassess where you are both as the president and in terms of the mood of the nation. the next two months are sort of cast at this stage of the game. it is a question of turnout. it is a question of individual candidates. >> all right, peter hart, always a pleasure. thanks so much. >> thanks. road trip holiday. why more people are hitting the road this labor day weekend and all the single ladies out there, listen up. there's a new study that shows you are bringing home the bakco in a big way.
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this next story might make car enthusiasts shet a tear. a car broke out in phoenix torching several hot rods. crews entered the brilding but had to retreat for fear of an explosion because of large amounts of flammable items inside. no one was inside the building and the cause of the fire is still unknown. all the single ladies, listen up -- i'm not going to sing it. don't worry. lots of tough economic news. it may surprise you who was faring better than others. 20-something women who don't have kids are outearning their male colleagues. let's bring in vera gibbons to talk about this. women 22 to 30 with no husband orchids have a median earn of $27,000 a year, 8% higher than men. >> it's all about the education,
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graduating from collegiate higher rates, getting advanced degrees. for every two guys that do, three women are doing it. you have higher education that results in higher wages very often at the entry level. >> if you look at different cities, look at atlanta, for example, 20%. >> the average is about 8%. you mentioned atlanta, other cities substantially more. memphis, los angeles, new york. they're earning substantially more in knowledge-based communities. in blue collar towns as well. the jobs lost have befallen men, in manufacturing, for example. in majority, minority populations, places like miami, african-american women, hispanic women, they're twice as likely to get college degrees than male counterparts. >> do you see this continuing in this trend? >> once you get married and have kids, wages either become stagnant or they do fall off a
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cliff because women take time out of the workforce to have kids or go part time. they take time out of the workforce to care for elderly parents. >> overall, women in terms of this weak economy, how are they fairing? >> much better than the men. that's why they call it the mansession or the sheconomy. construction, manufacturing, women tend to be in growth areas like health care, education. women have actually fared much better than the men. we're 50% of the workforce, up from 30% a generation ago. four of ten are now the family's bread winner. 40% of professionals are managerial positions. we've definitely come a long way, but still making less than the men, about 78 cents to the male's dollar. >> get on that, vera. >> i'll work on that. the cleanup in new zealand after a powerfuleth quake. we'll show you the latest damage
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more americans than last year are taking vacations over the labor day weekend. according to aaa, 34.4 million people will travel this weekend, up 10% from last year. this 91% of travelers will be hitting the road while 5% will take to the sky. a bit earlier i spoke with robert sinclair from aaa about the increase of americans on the move. >> this is pent-up demand. people see a glimmer of hope in the economy, they tend to take advantage of these things. the job situation is still bad, but household net worth is up. a lot of people have paid down a lot of their debt. there's this perception, perhaps, there's a little glimmer of hope of the horizon and they want to reward themselves. >> the number of americans vacations is still much lower than two years ago.
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in 2008 45 million people traveled over 50 miles for the labor day holiday. a stepped-up push from the white house as the president prepares a new package of ideas aimed at job growth and investment. he'll lay out the plan while on the road this week. back in washington congress remains in a battle of also. let's bring in john decker who is one of the people traveled over 50 miles to get here to go to the u.s. open, our annual visit. thank you for being in the studio. the administration, as you well know has called this summer the recovery summer. things have not exactly worked out that way. if we look at republican response to that claim, it reads, they put out a press release saying recovery summer, we hardly knew you, showing the president eating a snow cone. is this the kind of attack we can expect? >> certainly over the next two months. for voters, their attitudes have been locked in. that's unfortunate for the white house.
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i think the white house, president obama can minimize the damage to some extent. he's going to be in milwaukee on monday talking about economy, cleveland on wednesday talking about the economy. i think that's important to send the message to voters out there, particularly independents, that he is focused on the prime concern for voters out there. that's joblessness, the unemployment rate and also the state of the economy. >> where does this leave democrats overall? we've got two months to the midterms and we have to get like a tsunami wave of improvement, don't you think? >> i don't see the economy changing on a dime over the next two months. 9.6% unemployment, it's not going to go down significantly, certainly between now and november. i think that for democrats, it's a matter of motivating their base, getting them excited about the candidates they have up in congress and up in the senate, and trying to counter the excitement that republicans clearly have going into the november elections.
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>> how much do you think the president can change the dynamics of a race? because before his martha's vineyard vacation we saw him doing fund-raising and helping out candidates. will we see more of that? >> absolutely. that's a big part of the strategy for the white house is to outraise republicans. if we can't change the dynamics in terms of the economy, in terms of voter attitudes, the least we can do is try to raise money to air the negative ads which we can expect to see over the next two months. i think that's certainly what the white house is going to do, what the president's schedule is going to be going into november. >> this president is not on the ballot this november, so how much do you see midterms as being a referendum on presidential policies and the president himself? >> historically they are a referendum on the economy, they are a referendum on the president. if you go back to '82, ronald reagan lost 26 seats in his med term elections.
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in '94 bill clinton lost i think it was 52. i think the white house is i think readying themselves for significant losses in november. it's a matter of, if they lose so many seats that they lose the house and perhaps the senate as well. >> okay. john decker in studio, awesome. thanks so much. >> good to be here. we'll talk tennis next time. here is a programming note. this weekend on "meet the press," lindsey graham back from afghanistan, plus david plufte we have him on afghanistan, iraq, the fight for control of capitol hill. if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." the world according to tony blair. he has a new and controversial book out this week. you'll hear what he had to say about america's presidents when nbc saturday continues. n i get ? are you a safe driver? yes. discount! do you own a home? yes. discount! are you going to buy online? yes! discount!
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